Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Things to do in the Lou!

Free things:

1. Creve Coeur Lake- Lovely trails to stroll and 4 playgrounds as well (2 with splashpads)

2. Powder Valley Nature Reserve- Great visitor center all about nature and 3 trails of varying difficulty to walk. Good indoor place to play.

3. Laumeier Sculpture Park- Great place to stroll around on a lovely day. You can do the scavenger hunt as well from the visitor’s center.

4. Zoo- Free but parking in the lot is $15. We always park up by the art museum in the free lot. Their discovery room is amazing.

5. The Art museum has free family art on Sundays from 1- 4.

6. History museum- History clubhouse is amazing. Great indoor place to play.

7. Go to an orchard- Eckerts has great free kid’s areas (picking fruit will cost you). There are other free orchards like Thies, Stuckmeyers, Hermans, and Braeutigams.

8. Science Center- Discovery room is awesome and it’s $4 for an hour of play.

9. Frisco Train Store- Awesome store where the kids can play with train tables for free but please donate or buy something so we keep this great place in business!

10. Lone Elk Park/World Bird Sanctuary- WBS is a great place to let the kids run free

11. Citygarden downtown- Beautiful park filled with sculpture, pop jets, and wading pools for the hot summer months.

12. Purina Farms- Great place to take the kids to see animals and a dog show.

13. Contemporary Art Museum- Free stroller tour the first Tues of every month with a craft.

14. Mastodon Park- Great place to walk around and learn about mastodons.

15. Elephant Rocks/ Johnson Shutins- bit of a drive but very cool place to explore.

16. Mall play area- South county, West county, Chesterfield, Mid Rivers, and the Galleria.

17. All libraries have story time and fun events, check their websites for dates and times. There are the following library systems in St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library (city), St. Louis County Library, St. Louis Municipal Library Consortium,  St. Charles Library, and Jefferson County Library.

18. Fly a kite and/or picnic on Art Hill.

19. Kid friendly restaurant- Hartford Coffee Co Rise Coffee House, McDonalds, or Chick-Fil-A, has kids areas and toys for the kids.

20. Kangaroo Kids- Has indoor play area for the kids and lots of great used clothing and baby gear, plus parenting events and playgroups. Also check out Parenting Resources for great moms groups and classes.

21. Go play in a creek or play in a splash pad.

22. St. Louis Live Steamers has free train rides in Kircher Park once a month.

23. Ride bikes or go hiking at one of the many trails around town.

24. There are free children's concerts at the Piper Palm House every summer.

25. Jewish Community Center free open play.

26. Tour the Old Courthouse downtown. Tours are 45 mins long.

27. Visit the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton. They give free tours of the loc and dam. Nearby is the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (not free but very cool). Make a day trip of the area! Lots to do in Alton.

28. Start Geocaching! It's free, addicting, and a very fun thing to do with littles!

29. Go to a pet store and look at the animals.

30. Visit Suson Park to see the animals and play on the playground.

31. Many retail stores offer book readings and activities- Lego Store, Barnes & Noble, Novel Neighbor, Pottery Barn Kids, Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme etc.

32. Tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate factory, Bissingers, Sammy Soaps, or Billy Goat Chip Co.

33. Home Depot has free kids workshops where they build things.

34. The Foundry in St. Charles has family fun day some Sundays- tons of free crafts for kids.

35. Skateboard at a skate park.

36. Amber Sky has free story times and activities.

37. Visit a nature classroom.

38. Free playgroup at St. Louis Arc Family Center- 1st Fri and 3rd Sat of the month from 10-11:30

39. Free story time called Tuesday Tails at the APA

40. Willoughby Farm in Collinsville- Amazing place to visit, highly recommend!

41. The Prologue Room at Boeing- Free self-guided tours to the public during the summer months of June, July, and August from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday. FREE Its in building 100 at the corner of McDonnell Blvd and Airport Rd, adjacent to Lambert airport.

42. Turtle Playground next to Forest Park.

43. Temple Tots at United Hebrew- Free playgroup open to all.

44. Children’s Garden Club- Held at various locations every summer.

45. Tour the Wildlife Rescue Center.

46. Art Unleashed offers free family crafting days.

47. Explore a new playground.

48. IKEA Småland- Free supervised children's play area. If your child is between 37" to 54" and potty trained, he or she is welcome to play in Småland for 60 minutes while you shop.

  Things that cost:

1. Meramec Caverns- $21.75 adults, $11.50 kids over 5. They have a zip line, cave tours, canoes, riverboat tours, restaurant and more.

2. Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific railway- $4 a person…cute little train that takes you on a scenic 30 min ride through Wildwood.

3. Grant’s Farm- Technically free but parking is $15 a car- the $5 off coupons no longer are accepted.

4. Butterfly House- $8 adults, kids under 12 are $5, kids under 2 are free. Admission is FREE the first Tues of every month from 9-11.

5. Botanical Garden- Their kid’s area is amazing, and it’s free to get in every Sat before noon. Otherwise $6 for adults, kids free under 12. The admission for the kid’s area is an additional $5 for nonmembers for kids 3-12. Also, the discovery room in the Climatron is amazing (Brookings Interpretive Center)

6. National Museum of Transportation - Their Creation Station is an hour of fun in a room filled with transportation themed toys, cost is $2 a person plus reg museum admission which is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 3-12.

7. City Museum- tons of things to do there, including enchanted caves and slides, rooftop Ferris wheel, toddler town, skate park, tiny train railroad, and more. Ages 3 and up $14 a person, under 3 free.

8. Bob Kramer’s Marionettes- They do a puppet show and show the kids how the puppets are made. Adults are $14, kids are $12.

9. Magic House- Lots to see and do here $12 a person age 1 and up.

10. Cahokia Mounds- Technically free but they ask for a $7 donation for adults and $2 for kids.

11. The Arch- The Gateway Arch National Park under the arch is free to wander around in, to go to the top is $13 adults, $10 kids.

12. Tour the Compton Hill Water Tower- Views of the city are amazing, one of very few water towers left in the country. It’s old though and there are lots of steps.

13. Paddleboats in Forest Park and have lunch at the boathouse- $20 an hour.  They also have kayaks and canoes.

14. Raging Rivers water park in Grafton- Go after 3 pm and get a discount. 8 diff water areas to enjoy including one for little guys. There are other water parks like Hurricane Harbor, Aquaport, or Splash City.

15. Bowling- Lots of places are free during the summer, just rent the shoes.

16. COCA or Craft Alliance- They offer kids classes and great events.

17. Kirkwood Discovery Room- In the Kirkwood Early Childcare center, they have open play for $5 for the first child, $3 each additional child, and it is so worth it. Play is from 9:30- 11:30 and they have every toy under the sun plus sensory bins and craft time. For kids birth to age 5. Run by parents as teachers, they only take checks, no cash or credit cards.

18. Open gym- So many places in town have open gym including Hi NRG, Little Gym, Miss Kelly's, Olympia, Barron, Team Central, YMCA, Gymstars, All American, My Gym, St. Louis Gym Center, and some rec centers.

19. Myseum- Part magic house, part science center in Town & Country. It’s big with lots to do including a huge slide where you can clock your speed, dig for dinosaur bones and more. $5.95 adults, kids $10.95. No time limit is a bonus.

20. Ride the Carousel in Faust Park- $2, kids under 1 are free. Faust park has a historic village that is great for photo ops, and a great playground. Sometimes they have ride and play for $8 which gets you unlimited rides and the toy room for 2 hrs. Check their schedule.

21. Incredible Pizza Co/Chuck E Cheese- Lots of games and food here. Like Dave and Busters but on a smaller scale. For older children, there is laser tag, go karts, bumper cars and glow mini-golf, mini-bowling, and various other arcade type games.

22. Movies- Several theatres offer free or cheap kids movies and don’t frown on the kids being loud.  The different chains are AMC, Marcus Theatres, B & B Theatres, and Regal Entertainment Group.

23. Six Flags- Not cheap but they have a toddler area and includes admission to Hurricane Harbor.

24. Dream Play Recreation- a swingset store that has 12 huge swingsets for the kids to play on and trampolines and basketball. (Rainbow Swingset superstore was the same thing but is out of business)

25. Shrewsbury City Center has open play on certain days (changes every semester) for $2 from 10 to noon.

26. Bounce places- Monkey Joes, BounceU, and Pump it up.

27. Go to tot time or swimming at a pool, it's usually cheap for kids under 5 to play in the baby area. Indoor pools in the winter are great too!

28. Airplane museum in Maryland Heights at Creve Coeur Airport.

29. The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon- has a great indoor playhouse for $4.

30. Playtime Party Center in Wentzville- Family fun center with fun for everyone.

31. Chesterfield Sports Fusion- Indoor playground for young children, indoor mini-golf, laser tag, dodgeball, a climbing wall and an arcade.

32. Family Fun day at Ballpark Village.

33. Big Joel's Safari in Wright City, it's worth the drive! My kids love feeding all the animals. You can get a lot closer to them than you can at the zoo. There's also Critter Lane down south in Valles Mines MO.

34. Toy Tyme open play in Chesterfield Mall - CLOSING MAY 2019

35. Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum- Cahokia, IL

36. Swing-A-Round Fun Town- bumper boats, indoor playground, mini golf, arcade, and more!

37. Tour Busch Stadium. Adults $18, kids $13, 3 and under are free. Not including parking.

38. Take a riverboat cruise. The Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer give one hour sight seeing cruises daily. Adults $18, kids $8, under 3 free.

39. The Endangered Wolf Center offers tours and messy play dates. Check with them for schedules/fees.

40. Take a cooking class with the kids- Dierbergs, Eckerts, Kitchen Conservatory, ABC chefs, L'ecole Culinaire, Sweetology and more.

41. Go to a model train show http://mvns.railfan.net/othersho.htm

42. We Rock The Spectrum inclusive indoor gym.

43. Upper Limits- Indoor rock climbing.

44. Go Ape! Zip line and treetop adventure.

45. Epic 6- laser tag, arcade, trampolines, and more.

46. Roller Skating/ice skating is fun for school aged kids.

47. World Aquarium on the Landing.

48. Kokomo Joe's in St. Peters.

49. The Pointe Activity Center has a sportwall system, dance dance revolution, wii, and a climbing wall. $7 per kid.

50. Sky Zone indoor trampoline park- (Fenton and Chesterfield).

51. Edwardsville Childen's Museum.- Adorable place for kids 8 and under to play!

52. Webster Rec Plex- open play

53. Dave & Buster's- Huge arcade with restaurant

54. Rockin' Jump- indoor trampoline park

55. Edison's Entertainment Complex- family fun center in Belleville, IL

56. HealthWorks Kids' Museum- Unique museum dedicated to health and the human body.

57. Pole Position indoor go cart raceway.

58. Paint Ball

59. Go get a sweet treat! Whether it's custard, ice cream, cupcakes, sno cones or donuts, there's plenty of places in town to sample.

60. Escape the room

61. Kindermusik or any music class

62. Play Mini Golf.

63. The Neutral Zone arcade in Chesterfield Mall.

64. Check out a family fun center.

65. Riverside Wildlife Center- Located in Stanton, MO- Riverside is a popular destination for families and school children. It's a business dedicated to educating people about animals of all kinds. They have lions, tigers, gators, and lots more.

66. Shaw Nature Reserve- Cost is $5 and their outdoor classroom is amazing.

67. Chess Hall of Fame- has toddler time every Tues.

68. Flying Spider- indoor trampoline park.

69. St. Louis Symphony - The family concerts are a great activity.

70. St. Louis National Blues Museum- non-profit organization that explores the Blues and celebrates the genre as the foundation of all modern American music.

71. Circus Flora every June in Grand Center.

72. Adrenaline Zone/ Demolition Ball- indoor complex with a laser tag arena, hockey-style bumper car games & a neon-lit snack bar.

73. Challenger Learning Center- Provides simulated space missions, science education, and team building programs. Programs are available for students, educators, corporations, scouts, community groups and the general public.

74. Sweet & Sassy in West County Mall- has fun events

75. Paint Pottery at one of the many places in town.

76. Michael's offers inexpensive craft classes every Saturday.

77. Snow skiing, boarding, or tubing at Hidden Valley.

78. Grandma's Playroom- perfect place for toddlers.

79. Urban Fort Play Cafe- perfect place for kids under 7.

80. Cactus Pete's in Imperial- smaller family fun center with laser tag, bounce house, and arcade.

81. Ultimate Ninjas- new facility in Chesterfield that has open play, camps, classes, and parties.

82. Urban Air- Indoor adventure park with trampolines, playground, bumper cars, ropes, ninja course, and more!

83. Play Street Museum opened in March 2019 in St. Charles- Play Street Museum, which is designed for children ages 8 and under, will offer open play during the week, as well as parties and special events on the weekends.

84. Knockerball Smash- Bubble soccer in Chesterfield Mall for ages 3 and up.

85. Rush- new entertainment center in Arnold that has rock climbing, virtual reality, inflatables, arcade, velcro sticky wall, and 3D roller coaster rides.

86. Altitude Indoor trampoline park- Standard trampoline park, others include Flying Spider, Sky Zone, Rockin' Jump, Urban Air, and Epic 6.

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